Early vote numbers down from original expectations

Following a lively session of early voting prior to the Nov. 2 midterms, Union County officials expected to see just as large a turnout for the Nov. 23 runoff between Frank Hash and Luther Lewis in the El Dorado mayor race, however were disappointed in the first three days for voting.

An average of 290 voters put in ballots each day Tuesday through Thursday for a total of 870 by the end of the day Thursday.

Union County Clerk Shannon Phillips said she’d been expecting a large turnout for such a highly-anticipated race, but also because the runoff is being held only two days before Thanksgiving.

She added that during that busy holiday week she thought she’d see more voters trying to cast early ballots in stead of making time in their day on Tuesday when they’re dealing with family visitors and cooking preparations.

On the other hand, Phillips said, it’s also necessary to take into account the fact that it’s only one race being decided by the 12,770 registered El Dorado voters, as opposed to the much larger number of voters in Union County who cast ballots in the midterms for a multitude of races.

Early voting will continue until 5 p.m. today and on Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Union County Courthouse.

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